Silence came out two days ago and this cover has a funny story

Silence is a village on
the East Coast (Maine, I think) that has no cell service. Or modern
broadband internet, or cable, or sat TV. Except that both the good guy
and the bad guy elves can make cell phones work and this cover happens
to be the good guy elf.

Now, my husband Larry had two versions of that painting.  That one, and one where the elf was holding a cell phone.

The title of the second one was “No Bars”

Unfortunately, Larry generally does not keep alternate versions around so I can’t show that to you.

Look who has a new Tumblr blog!

Review of Bastion by Mercedes Lackey

Book 5 of the Collegium series continues the adventures of Mags and his friends.

I enjoyed this book. It was nice to find out the answer to the mystery of Mags parents, and why he was being hunted. I also appreciated the exploration of the deepening relationships between the couples and the group of friends.

Since Mags ends up in the field we get scenes of life as a Herald on the road which I always find entertaining.

If you have enjoyed the series up to this point, you will enjoy this book.

Also, the definition of the book title matching the plot makes me smile. A bastion is an institution, place, or person strongly defending or upholding particular principles, attitudes, or activities.

Having read some of the more critical reviews of this book, I must also agree that this is not the best Valdemar series Ms. Lackey has ever written. But it is still better than a significant number of books out there.  In addition, I actually like the introspective scenes as a change of pace.

I give it 4 stars.

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Review of Redoubt by Mercedes Lackey

Book Four of the Collegium Chronicles.

I enjoy this series. It provides a different view of how Valdemar is governed and how the various Collegia function both separately and together. It is also fun since the main character, Mags, is in training to be a spy.

A redoubt is a defended position or a protective barrier. An appropriate title since Mags is called upon to protect his very sense of self in this story. We discover more about his past as Mags discovers more about what he wants his future to be.

As usual, Ms. Lackey has both satisfied my desire for a good story and left me wanting the next book RIGHT NOW, please!

I give it 4 stars.


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30 Day Book Challenge

Day 2: A book you’ve read more than 3 times

That would be quite a long list!

Old favorites I go to when I don’t have a new book:

The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings

Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series

Lois McMaster Bujold’s Barrayar series

Everything Heinlein

Dream Park and sequels

Spider Robinson’s Callahan’s Place books

Harry Dresden Files

Anything by Patricia Briggs

Harry Potter

Pern (Anne’s, sadly not Todd’s)

I noticed some I think of as books and some I think of as places in my mind.

Then I noticed it said “A” book! So I’ll stop here.

What’s your answer?